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A gigantic asteroid which is larger than the world’s tallest building will hurtle past our planet in around two weeks’ time.

The 2002 AJ129 asteroid has been classed a “potentially hazardous” by Nasa and will fly past at speeds of 67,000m/h (107,826km/h).

This makes it nearly 15 times faster than the world’s quickest manned aircraft the hypersonic North American X 15, which travelled at 4,520m/h (7,300km/h), according to the Daily Mail.

For reference,
timberland eurosprint 'Potentially hazardous' asteroid heading towards Earth at 108
the distance between the Earth and the moon is 238,855 miles (384,400 km).

Nasa describes asteroids as “hazardous” if they come within 4,600,000 miles (7,403,00km) of our planet.

It is the largest space rock to brush past our planet this year and previous research has found a rock of this size could plunge Earth into a mini ice age if it hit.

The impact would cause average temperatures around the world to fall by as much as 8C,
timberland eurosprint 'Potentially hazardous' asteroid heading towards Earth at 108
according to a 2016 study on the effects of a collision with a 0.6 mile wide (1km) asteroid.